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Yrjö Blomstedt

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The Kuhavuori observation tower was an important part of the Vakkosalmi park. An observation tower designed by architect Yrjö Blomstedt on the 60-metre Kuhavuori hill for the 1896 song festival became one of the favourite attractions among park visitors. The view from the Kuhavuori tower was impressive: you could admire the Vakkosalmi park or the town of Sortavala in itself. In the early 20th century, the observation tower became one of the symbols of the town. During the Winter War and the Continuation War, the tower was used by air surveillance and air raid defence, for which purpose its roof was dismantled. Despite this, even in the 1950s it was still common to climb to the tower to admire the view. You could still climb to the tower in 1963, but you had to be careful, as the structures were severely dilapidated. Due to the danger of collapsing, the old tower was demolished in the mid-1960s. In recent years, residents of Sortavala have suggested erecting a new observation tower, but the town does not have the funds for it.

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